Director Biography – John Sylva (THE WAY YOU SAW ME)

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A graduate of the Tom Hanks Film Center at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, John Sylva currently acts as the Post Production Supervisor for Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, working alongside Villeneuve and his editorial team throughout the completion of BLADE RUNNER 2049, ARRIVAL, and the upcoming DUNE, filming spring 2019.

He has also served as Post Production Supervisor and associate producer of a variety of feature films that have screened at the world’s leading film festivals, including the upcoming WWII drama GREYHOUND, starring, written, and produced by Tom Hanks; Marc Meyers’ upcoming HUMAN CAPITAL, starring Liev Schreiber and Marisa Tomei; Reinaldo Marcus Green’s MONSTERS AND MEN, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature, Sundance Film Festival 2018; Jim McKay’s EN EL SÉPTIMO DIA, which screened at dozens of international film festivals and released by Cinema Guild; Ramin Bahrani’s FAHRENHEIT 451 for HBO, which screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival; and he worked several years as an associate producer to Victoria Mahoney, recently named JJ Abrams’ Second Unit Director of STAR WARS EPISODE IX, throughout the making of her first feature film, YELLING TO THE SKY.

Prior to diving into the world of Post Production, John served as a member of the programming team at IFP (the Independent Filmmaker Project), during which time he helped shepherd the development of hundreds of independent features, including Dee Rees’ PARIAH and Benh Zeitlin’s BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. John has also worked for a number of film festivals as part of their programming and operations teams, including the Hamptons, Woodstock, and Nantucket Film Festivals.

John’s own short film I REMEMBER screened at multiple New York film festivals and the HSBC Short Film Showcase at Norwood Club, and he is in active development of his first feature film as director/writer, LOVE OUT LOUD.

John was born and raised in Vandalia, OH and has firmly believed since as long as he can remember that the power of cinema is strong enough to change the world. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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